I think just about everybody likes a house with a cool backstory.
After all, here in America, the absolute oldest house youre likely to find is maybe 350 years old. That means that you can easily trace the story of just about any home in the country.
Take, for example, this awesome Sears houseit may be 100 years old now, but we can still trace the whole history!
Of course, sometimes its even cooler to see a modern home that has been repurposed from a past as a more utilitarian building, like a public library or high school.
These government-owned buildings get sold into the private sector quite often, especially when zoning and regulations change.
Its really wonderful to see the beautiful and unique ways that people transform these nostalgic old buildings. One of our favorite themes? Antique firehouses converted into comfortable, cozy homes!
If thats the kind of backstory that catches your interest, then youre going to love the history behind 117 Broad Street in San Francisco.
Read on below to learn more about this unique home!
This is the exterior of Engine Co. 33, on Broad Street in San Francisco.
Built in 1896, the beautiful blue structurecalls to mind the Victorian details of its construction.
In a city known for its colorful Victorian homes, known as the “Painted Ladies,” this cool structure still stands out from the crowd.
At first glance, this house looks like an ordinary Victorian townhouse, with the surprising detail of a jaunty tower off to one side.
Up closer, you notice the antique signage, identifying the building as Engine Co. 33.
This cool structure also still includes its original garage door, and an antique fire engine that was previously used for tours.
Inside the building, the second floor looks like a hip downtown loft.
With a big open plan layout, bright white walls, and lots of cool vintage touches, like an old Radio Flyer and a few vintage arcade machines, it could be mistaken for an artist’s cool studio.
This big open floor sits right above the garage.
From another angle, this space becomes even clearer.
While it serves as a dining and living area for the residents, manyof the vintage items displayed in the room are firefighting memorabilia.
You’ll notice a row of firefighters helmets lined up against the wall.
Also on top floor of the building is a big, open bedroom, lavishly furnished with all sorts of cool vintage and contemporary pieces.
The walls are done over in shiplap, and this space shares the open-plan, loft look of theliving space.
This room also has the added benefit of a skylight.
Downstairs, this cool old building still retains the original garage where two trucks would have been parked in the past.
Before the building was sold in 2010, it was still home to one antique firetruck.
The previous owners ran a firehouse tour business, and maintained the truck and the memorabilia in the garage as a museum of the building’s 80-year history as a working firehouse from 1896 to 1974.
Naturally, the building also features a classic brass fireman’s pole.
These poles were set up so that sleeping firefighters could quickly catapult from the second floor to the garage in the event of an emergency.
This one has been preserved beautifully, with a hexagonal chute that still functions perfectly.
The old firehouse was purchased in 2010 after a year on the market for $875,000.
Now, with the San Francisco economy booming and the neighborhood improving, this cool property is valued at over $1 million, with the potential for even more value with a few renovations.
If we ever find ourselves in the Bay Area, you can bet we’ll make a pit stop to visit this awesome house!
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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/engine-co-33/